NRA fires back at possible lead ammo ban

SPRINGFIELD — The National Rifle Association is requesting the Illinois Senate to allow members of its Environment and Conservation Committee to convene prior to a hearing on a bill which may ban lead ammunition in state parks and protected natural area. The panel is expecting to take up Senate Bill 1985 on Thursday, March 23. Through its website, More...

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By Jake Leonard On Friday, March 17th, 2017

Western Illinois University hosts archaeological field school

MACOMB — Western Illinois University is hosting an archaeological field school at two Fulton County sites in June and July, with anthropology professor Andrea Alveshere leading the project at the sites. Orendorf More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Supporters of 1 cent sales tax increase say it will relieve property owners; Plenty of critics say tax payers are already tapped out

EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County voters will have to decide on April 4 whether or not to increase the sales tax by 1% to help county schools with capital improvement projects. Proponents of the County School More...

By Associated Press On Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

St. Louis region shows the budget priority fights confronting Trump, Congress

Dr. Timothy Eberlein, director of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis (left) greets Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. after a Senate hearing on medical research More...

By Jake Leonard On Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Belleville Planning Commission views outdoor retail site plan

BELLEVILLE — The City of Belleville’s Planning Commission met on March 1 to view a site plan for an outdoor retail shopping center. Present at the meeting were mayor Mark Eckert, director of economic More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Sullivan may become second Republican ever to be Peoria’s Township supervisor

PEORIA — Republican Dan Sullivan won a landslide victory February 28 over Mike Aiello in the Republican primary election. Sullivan, whose victory was a result of a whopping 87% of the vote, will join a short More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, March 5th, 2017

State rep named economic VP at OSF HealthCare

PEORIA — Illinois state representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) has added one more line item to his impressive resume: vice president of economic development for OSF HealthCare. Spain will work to boost economic More...

By Jake Leonard On Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Rauner activates State Emergency Operations Center following tornadoes

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to help ensure the state’s prepared to help through local emergency response teams following tornadoes More...

By Reuters On Friday, March 3rd, 2017

U.S. authorities raid Caterpillar’s Illinois facilities

The Caterpillar Visitors Center is seen behind the U.S. national flag in Peoria, Illinois, November 26, 2013. (REUTERS/Jim Young) Timothy McLaughlin CHICAGO (Reuters) — Federal law enforcement officials conducting More...

By Jake Leonard On Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Federal grants to fund four projects in region

WASHINGTON — The Rural Development agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently rewarded grants totaling $78,000 for several projects in U.S. Representative John Shimkus’ (R-Collinsville) More...